Prishtina, April 8, 2020 – The world is facing an extraordinary challenge from the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic poses a severe threat to the health and wellbeing of citizens and the global economy with harmful consequences for all parts of society.
AmChams in Europe, the umbrella organization for 45 AmChams from 43 countries across Europe and Eurasia, fully support governments’ efforts to tackle the pandemic and mitigate its effects. The mobilization of resources has been unprecedented, and we need continued leadership to address the impact of the crisis on society.
AmChams in Europe call on the governments to focus on solidarity, coordination and action.
Since we are all together in this war, the increased sharing of resources and information both globally and between our countries is essential to responding to pandemics successfully. Now is the time to demonstrate the solidarity values that are shared in Europe, across the Atlantic and the rest of the global community.
Additionally, Governments need to enhance coordination across borders and within alliances to ensure a consistent and harmonized approach to the crisis but also to start setting the foundations of the economic recovery. Cooperation at the regional and global levels is vital as governments put together initiatives to protect our economies, and ultimately the livelihood of citizens.
We need bold action to ensure access to critical goods and services we all depend on. In particular, the movement of goods across borders must be unimpeded. Much-needed goods rely on integrated supply-chains for production before they can be delivered to individuals and businesses
AmChams in Europe, which represents the interests of more than 17,000 American and European companies, employing 20 million workers and accounting for more than $ 1.1 trillion on both sides of the Atlantic, remains committed to doing everything they can to mobilize their member companies and networks to support the economic recovery. AmChams network is coordinating with colleagues across the European region and around the world to present recommendations for a strong and healthy economic recovery for the prosperity and well-being of all our citizens and businesses.